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Featured events

Things to do during the school holidays
23 July 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market
14 April 2019

April to August 2019

One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events returns.

Tour de Manc 2019
05 May 2019
One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events returns. Starting in Middleton, the cycle route then goes through a number of Greater Manchester areas.

More events

Community connectors - housing, employment, money and health support
01 June 2018
Every Monday-Friday
 
Drop in sessions running at various times. Come along to get support across a number of areas including healthy lifestyles, housing, employment and money management.
Rochdale Town Hall tours
01 June 2018

Various dates depending on your tour

Find out details of our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall. There's lots of different options to choose from.

Sure Start Centre activities
01 June 2018
Monday-Friday
 
Find out what activities and events are happening at your local Sure Start Children's Centre.
Turbo Tots, Langley Sure Start
01 June 2018

Every Monday

Turbo Tots is a fun health and wellbeing activity for children aged 0-3 and their parents or carers.

Music and Movement, Langley Sure Start
01 June 2018

Every Monday

Music, movement and fitness fun for children's development. For children aged 0-3.

Listen and Rhyme, Littleborough Library
01 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Join us for story time for under 5s. Activities include singing, rhyming, stories and crafts.

Balderstone Library Coffee Afternoon
01 June 2018

Every Monday

Join one of our coffee afternoons for good conversation and a chance to discuss and browse the newest library books.

Balderstone Reading Group
01 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

Informal and relaxed reading group. Discuss and recommend your favourite authors or discover new books you've never thought of trying.

Code Club, Littleborough Library
01 June 2018

Every other Monday during term time

Learn basic programming, local thinking and problem solving in our FREE classes.

Monday Homework Club, Heywood Library
01 June 2018

Mondays during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more.

Word Weavers Writing Group
01 June 2018

1st and 3rd Monday of every month

Creative writers are welcome to join us to discuss and practice the arts of poetry and prose.

Futures Club
18 June 2018

Every Monday

Informative drop-in session for care leavers about education, finance, training, employment and accommodation.

Next Steps Digital
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Next Steps Digital is our new IT group aimed at learners who have completed the Learn My Way programme and are ready to take the next steps in digital technology.

Digital Skills for Jobs, Balderstone Library
01 July 2018

Every 4 weeks on a Tuesday

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV.

Card-making class, Spotland Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home. All materials, envelopes and instruction provided.

Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library - Tuesdays
01 July 2018

Every 4 weeks on a Tuesday

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV.

Historic Rochdale town centre tours
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday and Thursday

A 2-hour guided walking tour through Rochdale’s historic old town, offering fascinating insights into the town’s colourful history.

Things to do during the school holidays
23 July 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Armed Forces veterans breakfast club
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Get together for breakfast with other local armed forces veterans. Breakfast costs just £3.

Reading Circle, Smallbridge Library
01 September 2018

Last Thursday of each month

A reading circle for people over 50 who love to read. Come and meet new friends for a chat and a brew.

Thursday Homework Club, Heywood Library
01 September 2018

Thursdays during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more.

Digital Skills for Jobs, Middleton Library
01 October 2018

Every 4 weeks on a Friday

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV.

Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale Central Library - Fridays
01 October 2018

Every 4 weeks on a Friday

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV.

Games club, Heywood Library
01 October 2018

First Friday of the month

Come and join our small, friendly Games Club. Board games to suit everyone or bring your own.

Early Words Together sessions, Langley Library
01 October 2018

Every Friday during term time

FREE, volunteer-led children’s sessions with the aim of encouraging reading, writing and communication skills in a fun and family friendly way.

Digital Skills for Jobs, Heywood Library
01 October 2018

Every 4 weeks on a Friday

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV.

Rochdale-in-Stitches, Spotland Library
01 November 2018

First and third Saturday of the month

A group for people who enjoy cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, or who would like to start.

Code Club, Norden Library
01 November 2018

Every Saturday

Drop-in sessions for children 9-11 years old to learn how to code using Scratch.

Photography group, Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Unfortunately, our photography group is not running at the moment. We'll update this page when the event is back on.

Code Club, Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

Come along to our Code Club for 7-11 year olds to learn how to code.

Childrens Reading Group, Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

Every month on a Saturday, young persons reading group designed to help children to discover new books and authors.

Story and craft session, Rochdale Central Library
19 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Story and craft sessions aimed at children of any age and their families.

Family History Helpdesk, Alkrington Library
21 January 2019

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

Come along to our family history helpdesk to get FREE help tracing your family tree.

Knit and natter, Alkrington Library
21 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Monday

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an avid knitter, bring along your wool and your needles and enjoy a cup of tea with our lovely knitting group.

Lego club, Alkrington Library
21 January 2019

Third Monday of the month

Calling all Lego fans aged 5-12 years old!! Come along to Lego Club at Alkrington Library.

Lego Club, Rochdale Central Library
26 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Our themed Lego Club is aimed at children between the ages of 5-12 years. Duplo is also available for younger siblings.

Code Club, Middleton Library
26 January 2019

Every other Saturday

For children aged 7-11. Sessions are FREE to attend, so pop in and have a go at coding.

Family History Helpdesk, Castleton Library
28 January 2019

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

Get help finding out about your family history.

Rochdale Music Service Festival of Performing Arts
04 February 2019
04 February 2019 - 02 May 2019
 
A showcase of more than 6,000 performers which celebrates all aspects of performing arts including music, dance and drama.
Lego club, Middleton Library
08 February 2019

First Friday of the month

Build your own Lego creations in our sessions aimed at 5-12 year olds and their parents or carers.

Coffee mornings at Langley Library
26 February 2019
Monthly on a Tuesday
 
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee morning. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
Fibromyalgia Support Group by LivingWell
04 March 2019
Every Monday
 
If you're an adult with fibromyalgia, come along to our support group.
Junior parkruns
09 March 2019
Every Sunday
 
Join a 2k run for juniors aged 4-14 years old. We encourage families, parents and buggies to join in.
Board games club for children
14 March 2019
Every Thursday
 
Come along to our weekly board game club for children and families to learn and play. Suitable for children aged 3 years and older.
Lego club, Norden Library
16 March 2019
Every Saturday
 
Come along to our Lego club for children aged 5-12 years old. Duplo is also available for younger siblings.
Water art sessions
19 March 2019
Every Tuesday
 
Come along to a fun, free, friendly session designed to help enhance your child's motor skills by painting with water. Suitable for babies 12 months old and above.
Rochdale Artisan Market
30 March 2019
Last Saturday of every month
 
Join us for a feast of live music, food and drink and arts and crafts as we bring the hugely popular artisan market, already a hit across the North West, to Rochdale.
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market
14 April 2019

April to August 2019

One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events returns.

Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
18 April 2019
Feeling creative? Then come along to Alkrington Library’s Crafts for Kids session.
Teddy Bear Sleepover at Rochdale Central Library
23 April 2019
Bring your favourite teddy for a sleepover at Rochdale Library. We'll make sure they're all settled in for an exciting evening. They'll explore the library, read the books and maybe even get into a little bit of mischief.
Remembering Gallipolli 1915
25 April 2019
A wreath laying ceremony in memory of those that fell at Gallipoli in 1915.
Foster with Rochdale information event - April
25 April 2019
Give childhood a chance!! Come along to our information event to find out more about fostering with us.
Meet the Author - NJ Cartner
25 April 2019
Meet author NJ Cartner at Littleborough Library.
Lego Club at Littleborough Library
27 April 2019
Beginning Saturday, 27 April 2019. Bring your creativity and imagination and we’ll provide the Lego. Join our free club and see what you can make.
World Book Night - Bear Hunt Storytime
29 April 2019
Join us for an interactive storytime to celebrate World Book Night.
National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain
30 April 2019
This year, our Youth Brass Band will be performing in the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
Tour de Manc 2019
05 May 2019
One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events returns. Starting in Middleton, the cycle route then goes through a number of Greater Manchester areas.
Battle of the Roses - music contest
12 May 2019
The Battle of the Roses is a music competition where different groups and performers across Lancashire and Yorkshire showcase their talents.
Foster with Rochdale information event - May
16 May 2019
Give childhood a chance!! Come along to our information event to find out more about fostering with us.
Engagement session for the new special school in Rochdale borough
21 May 2019
We're holding an engagement session for academy trusts to find out more about applying to open and run our new autism and communications special school.
Street Eat
25 May 2019
25 May - 26 May 2019

Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs, family entertainment, live music and bars. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, Thai, English, German and more. 11am-9pm.
Rochdale Digital Festival 2019
08 June 2019
Hands-on help, advice and inspiration for everyone.
Ascot Ladies Day at Clock Tower Dining Room
20 June 2019
Join us as we celebrate the world’s most glamorous race with a luxury 3-course lunch and much more.
Foster with Rochdale information event - June
20 June 2019
Give childhood a chance!! Come along to our information event to find out more about fostering with us.
Foster with Rochdale information event - July
25 July 2019
Give childhood a chance!! Come along to our information event to find out more about fostering with us.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
10 August 2019
On Saturday, 10 August 2019, get ready for fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by indie-rock band The Coral.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
06 October 2019
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its 5th year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
04 April 2020
Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.

Rochdale 2019 events calendar highlights

An exciting year of amazing events in Rochdale from February 2019.

 


Rochdale 2019 events calendar video on YouTube (2mins 20secs) (opens in a new window)

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